Location of telecommunications equipment at Monash

Where is telecommunications equipment location at Monash?

CampusBuildingMounting
location
Description of locationTypes of
antenna
Purpose
Berwick 901 Roof All antennas are mounted at least 10m above the building
  • dish
  • panel
Mobile telephone
Caulfield Building S Roof Located on rooftop of main building and roof of penthouse plantroom
  • dish
  • panel
  • dipole
  • omni
Mobile telephone, police radio communications and communications link between sites for an external organisation
Building B/C Roof Located on north west corner and southern end of roof of building B and the east end of bluiding C
  • dish
  • panel
  • omni
Mobile telephone and intercampus communication links
Building A Roof Located at west end of roof
  • dish
Mobile telephone
Building F
- Proposed
Roof To be located on penthouse plantroom and on east rooftop of main building
  • panel
Mobile telephone
City 30 Collins Street Roof Located on penthouse plantroom roof and small number on roof of main building (Note: a large satellite receiver dish is located here also)
  • dish
  • panel
Mobile telephone and intercampus communication links
Clayton Menzies
(Building 11)
Roof Majority are on roof on penthouse plantroom. The remainder are on the roof of the south wing at the southern end
  • dish
  • panel
  • omni
  • dipole
  • yagi
Mobile telephone, emergency services communications, taxi communications, intercampus communication links and communications link between sites for external organisations
Howitt Hall
(Building 46)
Roof On rooftop of building
  • dish
  • panel
Mobile telephone and an intercampus communication link
Campus Centre
(Building 10)
Roof On roof of penthouse plantroom which is located at the east end of the main building roof (Note: a large satellite receiver dish is located here also)
  • omni
Mobile telephone
Building 36
(Engineering)
Roof On roof of penthouse plantroom
  • dish
Owned by Monash University engineering department
Building 28
- proposed
Roof On roof of penthouse plantroom
  • panel
Mobile telephone
Gippsland 1E Roof On roof of 1E south (Note: a large satellite receiver dish is located here also)
  • dish
Intercampus communication links
2E Roof On north corner of building roof
  • dipole
Intercampus communication links
1W Roof On west corner of building roof
  • dish
Intercampus communication links
Parkville Manning building Roof On roof of lift motor rooms at east and west ends of building (Note: these are above the roof line of the adjacent animal house roof)
  • dish
  • panel
Mobile telephone
Peninsula Building A Roof On north corner of roof
  • dish
Intercampus communication link
Building G Roof On penthouse plant room
  • dish
  • panel
Mobile telephone and intercampus communication links

Note: There is a listing of all of the locations across Australia that have telecommunications antenna that are operated by mobile carriers available at the Radiofrequency National Site Archive (http://www.rfnsa.com.au logging in as a guest requires no password).

Monash University's telecommunications management program

As part of the management program of telecommunications equipment, Monash has been proactive and had a range of radiation monitoring performed in Monash buildings. The radiofrequency monitoring has been done by independent radiation safety experts from RadHaz Consulting utilising NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities) accredited assessment methods.

All buildings have a Radio Communications Site Management Book (RCSMB) with calculations based on the maximum possible power outputs from an aggregation of all the installed equipment. The RCSMB is consulted as part of the rooftop access process.

Rooftop radiation levels at Monash

The highest radiofrequency result obtained on a rooftop was less than one third of the most stringent exposure standard for a member of the public exposed in the radiofrequency range. Measurements were not done directly in front of the antenna as this cannot be done without special effort (e.g. abseiling or climbing ladders).

Radiofrequency measurements inside buildings

In addition to the rooftop monitoring radiofrequency monitoring was performed within the upper floors of the buildings within the two buildings with the highest density of telecommunications equipment, i.e. the Menzies building and Howitt Hall.

Current results

The highest radiofrequency level obtained within the Menzies building was 0.0006 mW/cm2. This should be compared with the most stringent exposure standard (see above) of 0.2 mW/cm2 for a member of the public exposed in the radiofrequency range. Measured levels in office levels in buildings with rooftop installations at Monash have not been detected higher than 1/250 of this most stringent standard.

Future monitoring

To assist in the allaying of concern for Monash staff and students, OHS is organising as an urgent priority to have further testing done in the top floors of all buildings that have telecommunications antennas on the roofs.